Patents by Inventor Curtis T. Johnstone

Curtis T. Johnstone has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10417613
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes selecting a set of logged user-initiated events of a user. The method further includes determining timing information, device-identification information, and user-location information for the set of logged user-initiated events. In addition, the method includes correlating the set of logged user-initiated events to recurring time intervals of a time map. Also, the method includes determining an overall density, a location-specific density, and a device-specific density of the set of logged user-initiated events for at least some recurring time intervals of the time map. Furthermore, the method includes generating a time-based activity pattern of the user, the time-based activity pattern comprising, for the at least some recurring time intervals of the time map, information related to the overall density, the location-specific density, and the device-specific density. In addition, the method includes publishing the time-based activity pattern to a scheduling interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Quest Software Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Albert Brisebois, Artem Nikolaevich Polikarpov, Curtis T. Johnstone
  • Patent number: 10326748
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method is performed by a computer system. The method includes receiving a request to authenticate a user of an enterprise computing system. The method further includes, responsive to the request, selecting a set of previous user-initiated events of the user on the enterprise computing platform. Further, the method includes accessing user-specific event information related to the selected set of previous user-initiated events. In addition, the method includes generating, from at least a portion of the user-specific event information, a user-specific authentication sequence comprising a plurality of event-information requests. Additionally, the method includes administering the user-specific authentication sequence to the user, the administering comprising requiring the user to provide a valid response to each of the event-information requests as a precondition to successful authentication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Quest Software Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Albert Brisebois, Curtis T. Johnstone
  • Patent number: 10313291
    Abstract: A method for determining predictive response time for electronic mail across enterprise communication systems is described. In particular, the method includes collecting and subsequently analyzing communications of a particular recipient in order to determine a probability of a sender receiving a response from the recipient. In the event a response is probable, the method also determines a time frame when a response may be sent. In situations where the recipient is non-responsive, the method also provides a list of alternate recipients that the sender can communicate with, whereby the alternate recipients are more responsive than the original recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: QUEST SOFTWARE INC.
    Inventors: Michel Albert Brisebois, Curtis T. Johnstone, Andrew J. Leach, Catherine Helbig Dibble
  • Patent number: 10257147
    Abstract: A network-based solution that provides enhances management of migration and archiving operations may involve, as embodied in various systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media, performing a pre-transfer assessment on each of a plurality of accessed mailboxes designated for migration or archiving. Performing the pre-transfer assessment may include designating one or more emails for exclusion from the migration or archiving operation after applying transferability rules and exception rules to each email message contained in the assessed mailbox. The solution may involve notifying the user about the email messages designated for exclusion and performing one or more user selected actions on the email message or related attachment files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: QUEST SOFTWARE INC.
    Inventors: Curtis T. Johnstone, Tomas Willis
  • Patent number: 10218588
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes identifying virtual meetings previously mediated by one or more communications platforms. The method further includes determining attributes of the virtual meetings. In addition, the method includes collecting time-indexed performance data of individual media streams of the virtual meetings. The method also includes individually correlating the time-indexed performance data to at least a portion of the attributes of the virtual meetings on a per virtual-meeting basis. Further, the method includes selecting one or more virtual-meeting attributes. Also, the method includes extracting multi-stream performance data of those of the individual media streams that have the one or more virtual-meeting attributes. Additionally, the method includes correlating the multi-stream performance data to a time map. The method further includes determining aggregate multi-stream performance. Moreover, the method includes generating a time-based performance pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Quest Software Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Albert Brisebois, Curtis T. Johnstone, Sawan Goyal
  • Patent number: 10200324
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer-readable medium for dynamically partitioning a directory list to limit recipients to an appropriate context. More specifically, in certain embodiments the dynamic partitioning includes a first component which describes a priori categories. In certain embodiments, the a priori categories could include “inner circle” or “trusted advisors” categories. Other categories could include “friends of the DL” who only want occasional but relevant messages. In certain embodiments, these categories are created by a DL owner. However, in certain embodiments, members (e.g., recipients) could also change their own category. For example, a DL could have categories: All, Required participants, FYI participants, Managers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: QUEST SOFTWARE INC.
    Inventors: Michel A. Brisebois, Tomas C. Willis, Curtis T. Johnstone
  • Patent number: 10157358
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a future virtual-meeting time interval and a set of virtual-meeting attributes in relation to a future virtual meeting. The method also includes correlating the future virtual-meeting time interval to at least one recurring time interval of a time map. In addition, the method includes retrieving a time-based performance pattern. The method further includes determining, from the time-based performance pattern, a stream quality for the virtual-meeting attributes at the at least one recurring time interval. In addition, the method includes publishing information related to the determined stream quality to a requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Quest Software Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Albert Brisebois, Curtis T. Johnstone, Sawan Goyal
  • Patent number: 10146954
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes managing and controlling a plurality of data-access credentials. The method further includes accessing data from a plurality, of sources in a plurality of data formats. The accessing includes using one or more data-access credentials of the plurality of data-access credentials. The one or more data-access credentials are associated with at least a portion of the plurality of data sources. The method also includes abstracting the data into a standardized format for further analysis. The abstracting includes selecting the standardized format based on a type of the data. In addition, the method includes applying a security policy to the data. The applying includes identifying at least a portion of the data for exclusion from storage based on the security policy. Additionally, the method includes filtering from storage any data identified for exclusion. Further, the method includes storing the data in the standardized format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Quest Software Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Albert Brisebois, Jason Aylesworth, Curtis T. Johnstone, Andrew John Leach, Elena V. Vinogradov, Joel Stacy Blaiberg, Stephen Pope, Shawn Donald Holmesdale, GuangNing Hu
  • Patent number: 10140466
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method is performed by a computer system. The method includes receiving a request from a user to access particular content. The method further includes determining a trust measure of the user, wherein the trust measure is based, at least in part, on an analysis of logged user-initiated communication events of the user on a plurality of communications platforms. In addition, the method includes accessing a self-service access policy applicable to the particular content. Further, the method includes ascertaining, from the self-service access policy, a trust threshold applicable to the particular content. Moreover, the method includes, responsive to a determination that the trust measure fails to satisfy the trust threshold, automatically denying access by the user to the particular content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Quest Software Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Albert Brisebois, Curtis T. Johnstone, Olivier Le Rudulier
  • Patent number: 10142391
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes retrieving a time-based performance pattern of virtual meetings previously mediated by a communications platform executing in a computing environment, wherein the computing environment comprises a plurality of resources. The method further includes determining, from the time-based performance pattern, at least one virtual-meeting attribute associated with relatively poor virtual-meeting performance. Also, the method includes determining a performance relationship between the at least one virtual-meeting attribute and a particular resource of the computing environment. In addition, the method includes generalizing the performance relationship to overall, non-meeting-specific performance of the particular resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Quest Software Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Albert Brisebois, Curtis T. Johnstone, Sawan Goyal
  • Publication number: 20180234378
    Abstract: A network-based solution that provides enhances management of migration and archiving operations may involve, as embodied in various systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media, performing a pre-transfer assessment on each of a plurality of accessed mailboxes designated for migration or archiving. Performing the pre-transfer assessment may include designating one or more emails for exclusion from the migration or archiving operation after applying transferability rules and exception rules to each email message contained in the assessed mailbox. The solution may involve notifying the user about the email messages designated for exclusion and performing one or more user selected actions on the email message or related attachment files.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventors: Curtis T. Johnstone, Tomas Willis
  • Patent number: 9990506
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method is performed by a computer system. The method includes accessing information related to enterprise usage of a plurality of network-accessible peripheral devices and identifying, from the information, discrete content-imaging events that occurred on the plurality of network-accessible peripheral devices. In addition, the method includes determining particular users associated with the discrete content-imaging events on a per-event basis and determining particular content to which the discrete content-imaging events relate on a per-event basis. Further, the method includes abstracting correlated data related to the discrete content-imaging events into a standardized format, the correlated data comprising data related to the particular users and the particular content, the standardized format enabling expression of the discrete content-imaging events by user and by type of content-imaging activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Quest Software Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Albert Brisebois, Sawan Goyal, GuangNing Hu, Curtis T. Johnstone
  • Patent number: 9842218
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a request from a user to access particular content. The method also includes determining at least one topic of the particular content. In addition, the method includes determining one or more need-to-access values for the user in relation to the particular content, wherein the one or more need-to-access values are based, at least on in part, on a comparison of the least one topic to one or more topics associated with logged user-initiated communication events of the user. Further, the method includes accessing a self-service access policy applicable to the particular content. Also, the method includes ascertaining, from the self-service access policy, need-to-access criteria applicable to the particular content. Additionally, the method includes, responsive to a determination that the one or more need-to-access values fail to satisfy the need-to-know criteria, denying access by the user to the particular content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Dell Software Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Albert Brisebois, Curtis T. Johnstone, Olivier Le Rudulier
  • Patent number: 9842220
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method is performed by a computer system. The method includes receiving a request from a user to access particular content. The method further includes determining a trust measure of the user, wherein the trust measure is based, at least in part, on an analysis of logged user-initiated communication events of the user on a plurality of communications platforms. In addition, the method includes accessing a self-service access policy applicable to the particular content. Further, the method includes ascertaining, from the self-service access policy, a trust threshold applicable to the particular content. Moreover, the method includes, responsive to a determination that the trust measure fails to satisfy the trust threshold, automatically denying access by the user to the particular content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Dell Software Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Albert Brisebois, Curtis T. Johnstone, Olivier Le Rudulier
  • Patent number: 9819630
    Abstract: A network-based solution that provides enhanced management of migration and archiving operations may involve, as embodied in various systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media, performing a pre-transfer assessment on each of a plurality of accessed mailboxes designated for migration or archiving. Performing the pre-transfer assessment may include designating one or more emails for exclusion from the migration or archiving operation after applying transferability rules and exception rules to each email message contained in the assessed mailbox. The solution may involve notifying the user about the email messages designated for exclusion and performing one or more user selected actions on the email message or related attachment files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: QUEST SOFTWARE INC.
    Inventors: Curtis T. Johnstone, Tomas Willis
  • Publication number: 20170308573
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to systems and methods for multi-data source query implementation and aggregation. In embodiments, the query aggregation system comprises a data abstraction engine, a query controller or scheduler and an aggregator. In embodiments, the data abstraction engine normalizes data schemas from multiple data sources based on the parameter requirements. In embodiments, the query controller schedules and runs normalized queries against each data sources independently and securely. In embodiments, the aggregator collects and merges the aggregates of the results into a single analysis. In embodiments, the query aggregation system communicates to various data sources including enterprise data silo(s) and personal data silo(s) to send queries and receive query results. In embodiments, the query sent to each data source may be specialized or tailored for the specific requirement of the data source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: QUEST SOFTWARE INC.
    Inventors: Michel Albert Brisebois, Curtis T. Johnstone, Catherine Helbig Dibble
  • Patent number: 9641555
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes identifying a user-initiated precursor of an anticipated exposure event. The method also includes, in response to the identifying, automatically determining particular content that would be exposed if the exposure event were to occur. In addition, the method includes automatically determining one or more users to which the particular content would be exposed if the exposure event were to occur. Further, the method includes, before the exposure event occurs, publishing a result of the automatically determining to a user associated with the user-initiated precursor. Also, the method includes, in response to a detected occurrence of the exposure event, monitoring a plurality of communications platforms for follow-on exposure events in relation to the particular content which chain from the exposure event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Dell Software Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Albert Brisebois, Curtis T. Johnstone
  • Patent number: 9569626
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method is performed by a computer system. The method includes discovering content in a user environment. The method further includes generating one or more content fingerprints on a per-content basis. The method also includes providing information sufficient to identify the one or more content fingerprints to a central computer system. Further, the method includes receiving a user selection of particular content stored in the user environment. In addition, the method includes requesting, from the central computer system, information related to a level of exposure of the particular content across a plurality of platforms and a plurality of users. Moreover, the method includes receiving exposure information for the particular content in response to the request. Additionally, the method includes publishing the exposure information to a user associated with the user environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Dell Software Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Albert Brisebois, Curtis T. Johnstone
  • Patent number: 9563782
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method includes receiving a request from a controlling user to publish particular content. The method also includes determining at least one topic of the particular content. The method further includes allowing the controlling user to select need-to-know criteria, the need-to-know criteria comprising one or more thresholds relating to a prevalence of the at least one topic in logged conversations of a requesting user. In addition, the method includes allowing a controlling user to select a trust threshold, wherein the trust threshold relates, at least in part, to a quantitative analysis of logged behavior of a requesting user on the communications platform. Further, the method includes generating based, at least in part, on the need-to-know criteria and the trust threshold, a self-service access policy for the particular content. Also, the method includes activating the self-service access policy as to the particular content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Dell Software Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Albert Brisebois, Curtis T. Johnstone, Olivier Le Rudulier
  • Publication number: 20160344672
    Abstract: A method for determining predictive response time for electronic mail across enterprise communication systems is described. In particular, the method includes collecting and subsequently analyzing communications of a particular recipient in order to determine a probability of a sender receiving a response from the recipient. In the event a response is probable, the method also determines a time frame when a response may be sent. In situations where the recipient is non-responsive, the method also provides a list of alternate recipients that the sender can communicate with, whereby the alternate recipients are more responsive than the original recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Michel Albert Brisebois, Curtis T. Johnstone, Andrew J. Leach, Catherine Helbig Dibble